Flower & business design insights, inspiration, and advise for the modern day florist (or wannabe florist).
We all love fresh cut flowers. The biggest problem with them however, is that for some they do not last past a few days. Some of our faves are tulips, peonies, and of course hydrangeas and roses. They are all the prettiest at their fully bloomed states. Below we share some tips to keeping your blooms lasting longer and prettier than ever!
It starts with the stems. Make sue your stems that are submerged under water are stripped clean of any foliage (leaves). Your leaves carry bacteria, get your water dirty, and shorten the life span of your flowers. Always, change the water at least every 2-3 days. Those food packets you often receive with your bouquets are a chemical. You do not necessarily need to use them if you are changing the water frequently. Lastly, the obvious, do not store your vases/vessels un-washed. We often use DCD or even bleach to remove any bacteria from our vases and buckets.
Flowers are made up of about 80% water and hydration is key for survival. If your blooms ever wilt such as hydrangea, or alstromeria, submerge the flowers under cool water for 10-20 minutes and they usually come back. Now to avoid this stem altogether make sure the vase is filled to the rim, (or as close as you can get), and seal in the moisture with a floral preservative spray.
Are you buying old product and don't even know it? As a new designer, or if you are rushing through the market you may not have time to or know any better when grabbing up stock. There are a few things to look for to ensure you get the best of best!